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Partnering with secular agencies, Healing a Woman's Soul helps women and children who are domestic violence victims heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually in the Christian tradition.  We provide spiritual support in secular domestic violence shelters, halfway houses for substance abuse as well as in churches, to any and all women regardless of belief, non belief or other circumstances.

We are a non profit organization (501 (c) (3)) and a State Employees Federated Agency (SEFA) eligible organization.

As a non-profit organization, Healing a Woman's soul relies on the support of our community to f
und our work.  With the help of select Hannaford grocery stores, 
you can support our ministry simply by donating your used cans and bottles to the Hannaford Clynk program!  Request the HAWS return sticker and bags at select Hannaford locations.  Then, attach it to your full green Hannaford recycling bag, scan the bar code (wait for the beep!) and drop it in the chute!  Your cashback will be sent immediately to the Healing a Woman's Soul ministry so that we can continue our mission!  We, and the planet, thank you!


Wonderful gifts that St. George's Episcopal Church in Clifton Park collected for HAWS

Fill The Basket

Imagine having no laundry to do... because you have nothing but the clothes on your back.

One of the most necessary items for women arriving in emergency shelters is one of the most basic – underwear.

As you shop, a package of new panties or bras in any size can make a traumatic time less difficult in a most compassionate way. Help us fill the basket?



Contact Patti Gibbons at 518-376-6564 for drop-off or shipping information, or save time and shop directly from our Amazon wish list and they will ship it right to us: http://amzn.to/2hHSj0Q.



Shop at Amazon Smile.  Amazon makes a donation to Healing a Woman's Soul for each sale.  Thank you.


Angel News

Angels is a HAWS program supporting women domestic violence victims primarily in residential shelters or halfway houses. Sometimes the locations of these facilities are confidential as are the identities of the women residents.  HAWS supports those who want to help and the facilities who need aid. We bridge that gap with angels who know facilities' needs and deliver donated goods.

Angel Judy Heffern works at the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center [SLC] in Greenwich and she is a member of the King's Quilters.  At each quarterly meeting they make quilts for the SLC, and bring a gift for people in need. This spring they chose HAWS and asked how they could help women who are victims of domestic violence.  Since many victims of domestic violence leave their homes in emergency situations, many arrive at the shelter needing clothes especially undergarments.Through the generosity of the King's Quilters, HAWS  delivered over 50 new sets of underwear for women victims.  

Angel Sharon Vergura worships at St. Matthew's Church in Loundonville and serves as the parish HAWS volunteer.  The  picture of Sharon Vergure was taken after we had emptied her garage into Mother Anne's car for delivery to a domestic violence shelter. This is not unusual for this Angel to find kitchen equipment, clothes, sheets and towels for the shelter, all of which are always needed.

If you are interested in helping as an Angel or just making a donation, please email Mother Anne Curtin at 518 755 3325.  We love volunteers!!


Contact Info:

Reverend Doctor 
Anne F. Curtin
Executive Director
Healing A Woman's Soul
68 South Swan Street
Albany, NY 12210

phone - 518-755-3325


                     
                     email - hawsalbany@gmail.com

 Healing a Woman's Soul does not share email information.

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June 2 Workshop - HAWS thanks St. Stephen's Church and the Episcopal Women's Ministry there for hosting a fabulous workshop, brunch and lunch.  We had a marvelous group of women.  Together Rev. Karen Clancy helped us talk about recognizing and halting domestic violence as well as God's healing power to bring action from trauma.  
If you missed us, we will be there next year.  Please plan on coming to this free workshop and bring your friends.  To sign up for next year's workshop, please email hawsretreats@gmail.com to get a notice of the 2019 workshop date.


Recent Articles or Sites about Domestic Violence

How Working With Men And Boys Could Stop Domestic Violence (3/10/2018)

Shining a Light
on Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence.  (3/9/2018)

The  Federal Government's 
Strange
Silence About Gun Crimes. (12/30/2017)

The Day Domestic Violence Came to a Texas Church. (11/20/2017)

America’s Mass Shooting Problem Is A Domestic Violence Problem. (11/14/2017)

Notice, Stop
Domestic Violence. (11/2/2017)

North Country Community College, Malone NY, to host art exhibit as part of domestic violence awareness event (10/24/2017)


Saying No to Domestic Violence In
Glens Falls. (10/13/2017)

Greenwich, CT domestic violence: What the cops see.(10/12/2017)

October 2017 Domestic Violence services in Northern NY. (10/2/2017)

Domestic Abuse Survivor Gives Young Victims The Support She Wishes She Had (9/18/2017)


Vera House in Syracuse renews campaign to end domestic violence. (3/4/2017)

Humera Khan
will receive the Four Chaplains Award from the Jewish War Veterans for her work with battered women and also with refugees and interfaith activities. (2/25/2017)


NFL still doesn't understand domestic violence - Jennifer Gish. (10/27/2016)

Slowly, Sports Bring Needed Change to Society, article by Jennifer Gish, Albany, NY Times Union. (8/4/2016)

When DV victims face eviction for calling the cops. (7/14/2016)




NO MORE SECRETS -

Start a Conversation

1 in 4 American women are victims of domestic violence over their lifetime. Help us publicize this crime: 

Wear a "Who is your 1 in 4?" button or car magnet. 
Buttons are free and magnets are $5. They can be ordered from HAWS by email at hawsalbany@gmail.com or snail mail to HAWS, 68 S. Swan St. , Albany, NY 12210.  

Ask on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. if your friends know what "Who is your 1 in 4 ?" means. Tell them about this crime. 

Make a donation in honor of someone in your life who experiences violence or is a survivor 

Learn more about HAWS at www.hawsalbany.com 

Volunteer for HAWS events. We can use every talent and everyone. Challenge us to use your talent. 



LOSING ME 
by Cecilia Thomas

Lost in your world,
Your thoughts are becoming my thoughts,
Where you went I went in my mind.
Everyday,
I did what you wanted me to do,
In your way.
Who am I?
Am I you?
Your angry voice in my head,
Seeing or hearing you,
I would dread.
Who am I?
Am I you?
Where am I?
I'm lost in you,
Your world of insanity.
What happened to MY dreams?
Were they just a lie?
Did they die?
Is my future you?
I'm losing me!
What do I do?

Are you in immediate danger? 
call 911 or 24 Hour crisis and support line
(800) 799-SAFE (7233) 
TTY (800) 787-3224

Calendar of Upcoming Events

2018
August 12, 9 AM - Mother Anne at All Soul's Church, St. Hubert's Rd, Keene Valley, NY

September 23, 8 AM and 9:30 AM - Mother Anne at Church of Redeemer, Rensselaer, NY

September 27 -29 - Gathering of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, Asheville, VA

September 7-8, 201Tools for Recovery RetreatDominican Retreat and Conference Center, Niskayuna, NY




New Awareness Magnet

HAWS has two visual signs to raise a
wareness of domestic violence -  our free "1 in 4 Button" and now our car magnet,  Please help support our ministry by purchasing a car magnet and prominently displaying it on your vehicle.  The magnet is only $5.00. 

It may make the difference for someone seeking out refuge and saving her from a potentially life threatening situation.




Free "1 in 4 Button"






Call 518 755 3325 or email hawsalbany@gmail.com for $5.00 magnet or the free buttons.  A donation for postage is appreciated.


More News

Healing a Woman's Soul,Inc. (HAWS), which helps women and children who are victims of domestic violence, congratulates Gretchen Coyner, on being elected chairperson of HAWS.  She has been a Board member since almost the beginning of HAWS eight years ago. She has been an active Board Member involved in our fundraisers, retreats and outreach events such as the annual SEFA and Martin Luther King Fairs. She is a retired guidance counselor at Greenville and is a Board member of the Greenville Educational Foundation. She lives in Slingerlands NY. with her husband Bob. They have two adult children and three wonderful grandchildren.

          


HAWS also welcomes to the HAWS Board, Penny Belton from Bolton Landing and Norman Schultheiss from Ballston Spa.  Penny is a Program Assistant at North Country Ministries in Warrensburg.  Norm is retired and very active in veterans affairs, especially the Patriot Guard Riders of New York and the Leatherstocking Honor Flight.  

For more information about HAWS, see hawsalbany.org,hawsalbany@gmail.com

HAWS is travelling again.  We enjoyed our welcome and the engaging questions at Mother Anne's presentation on domestic violence.  Our thanks to everybody at St. James, Au Sable Forks, especially Deacon Patti Johnson.

She is not only a Holy Hiker sharing the beauty of the Adirondacks with people of all ages and abilities, and she's also a HAWS Angel. She keeps the parish up to date on domestic violence issues and the HAWS news. Learn more about how clergy or lay can be an Angel. 








Board members Denise, Gretchen and Paula at the Dr. Martin Luther King volunteer fair in January.


October, 22, 2015 - Unity House, Troy, NY honors domestic violence advocates including HAWS and Mother Anne.



Mother Anne receiving the coordinated community award at Unity House, Troy, NY






February 28, 2015 - HAWS was at the Episcopal Diocese of Albany Parish Leadership conference providing information and buttons.

January, 2015 - 2014 Annual Report now available. Click on tab above.

January, 2015 - Mother Sally Heligman, pastor, Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk, NY is beginning outreach in Schenectady NY YWCA..


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